Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Huddersfield Town – Report & Ratings

Written by Morgan Lecomber

Blackburn held on for a point against Huddersfield as they extended their unbeaten run at Ewood Park to 5 games.

Huddersfield arrived in Blackburn looking to win away from home for the first time since the 1st of October at Ipswich.

Blackburn however were aiming for three victories on the bounce, but by no means was that going to be an easy task as Town sat 6th in the table in desperate need of points.

Rovers found themselves on the back foot straight from the referee’s whistle, when the ball fell kindly into the unmarked Micheal Hefele’s path from 12 yards out, you felt he should’ve done better.

Only 2 minutes later, Town were ahead. Chris Löwe’s precise corner was met by Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer who bulleted his header past Jason Steele to give the terriers the well deserved advantage.

 Then Aaron Mooy tried his luck with a 25 yard free kick which dipped and had Steele scrambling, Blackburn were already clinging on.

On the half hour mark, Rajiv Van La Parra broke through the Rovers back line but his shot was tame and it was easy for Steele.

Out of nowhere, Blackburn found themselves level. Michael Hefele blocked off Sam Gallagher in the area who went down and the ref pointed straight to the spot. Danny Graham stepped up and stroked the ball down the middle to level the scores.

In the second half, it was more of the same from Town as they continued to pile on the pressure. A smart corner routine from Chris Löwe found Mooy who had two bites of the cherry before Steele gathered the ball.

Mooy then found space outside the box and unleashed a powerful effort which whistled just wide of the top right corner.

Elias Kachunga spun his man superbly before curling a 20 yard shot which Steele got a glove to and tipped it past the post.

Rovers did muster up a chance in the closing stages when Gallagher fired one wide of the target.

Huddersfield were running out of time and their last chance proved to be when Martin Cranie headed past the post as Rovers clinched a point.

Huddersfield fans couldn’t believe their team didn’t come away with a win after a tremendous performance but they could only blame themselves for not being clinical with their chances.

Blackburn will be more than happy with a draw after enduring plenty of defending. They are a point and a place above the drop zone.

Player Ratings:

Blackburn Rovers: Jason Steele 7, Ryan Nyambe 7, Darragh Lenihan 7, Charlie Mulgrew 7, Derrick Williams 6, Liam Feeney 6, Jason Lowe 6, Corry Evans 6, Craig Conway 6, Danny Graham 7, Sam Gallagher 6.

Substitutes: Marvin Emnes 6, Elliot Bennett N/A.

Huddersfield Town: Danny Ward 7,  Martin Cranie 7, Micheal Hefele 7, Christopher Schindler 7, Chris Löwe 8, Jonathan Hogg 7, Aaron Mooy 8, Elias Kachunga 7, Kasey Palmer 8, Rajiv Van La Parra 8, Nahki Wells 5.

Substitutes: Harry Bunn N/A, Phillip Billing N/A Jon Gorenc-Stankovic N/A

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